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This past Saturday, December 18, a boxing legend successfully continued his quest for another championship belt. Erik “El Terrible” Morales (51-6-0) got yet another opponent out of the way of his road back to the top.

 

Respected light Welterweight Francisco Lorenzo (35-8-0) lost a twelve-round UD to Morales in Baja California, Mexico. Scores came out to be 116-111, 114-113, and 115-112, all for Erik Morales.

Lorenzo was Morale’s third successful win this year, making his fans excited for what the future might hold for their icon. His defense of the WBC Silver light Welterweight title possibly got Morales closer to his somewhat unrealistic goal of facing Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1) sometime next year.

 

At the age of thirty-four, Morale’s attempt at becoming a current respected world champion yet again seems a bit hopeless. Beating Jose Alfaro (24-7-0), Willie Limond (33-3-0) and the latest, Francisco Lorenzo, may be impressive for a comeback, but is it enough to prove his readiness for a real title fight? Before coming back in March 2010, Morale’s last fight was a loss to David Diaz (35-3-1) in August of 2007.

 

Every boxing superstar ponders a comeback after they retire, and the majority end up doing so. For some, their return proves unsuccessful, but for others their dreams of becoming a world champion once again, comes to fruition.

 

I can say with great confidence that coming back requires at least the same amount of psychological and physical preparation as before, if not more. Dedication and consistency, focus and confidence, and vigorous preparation are essential day-to-day requirements for any fighter taking themselves seriously. Most of those things are in full control of the fighter, except for one thing: physiology/genetics.

 

Can Morales beat Marquez In 2011?

Aging is a process that every single living thing has to go through, and many wish they could stop time, if only for a little while. Time has a tendency to give and take and as far as physiology and physicality goes, it mostly takes. Things become much harder for an older boxer than for a younger one. Training and ability become an issue when fighters become older, and competing against the younger, hungrier fighters, most of the time, proves to be a bust.

 

In August 2011, Juan Manuel Marquez will turn thirty-eight. Since turning pro in 1993, Marquez has never taken a break, never ducked another fighter and never came unprepared. Out of his five losses, three latest come from known and reputable fighters: Chris John (44-0-2), Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0-0). While Marquez is almost four years older than Morales, he stayed constant and fought top opposition.

 

My question for myself as well as all of you is this: Is Erik Morale’s request to fight Juan Manuel Marques justifiable, and if so, what chance would he have at beating Marquez?

 

March 31, 2010:

Morales—“I would love to fight Cotto at 147 lbs or Marquez at 144 lbs. After the 27th, they are going to have to notice me, whether they want to or not. In these weight classes, there isn’t great fighters and they know it.”

Marquez—“We will see, in my last fights I want to go after big fighters. Whether it’s the third one with Pacquiao, which he doesn’t want, or if the money is right, a fight with Morales, why not?”

 

December 2010:

Morales—"I'm ready for the fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. I'm ready to go for a world title next year."

 

http://www.eastsideboxing.com/news.php?p=26208&more=1

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His fight this past weekend was terrible. He is miles past his best. He wouldn't have a chance against any elite fighter, especially Marquez. It's a shame they didn't fight in their primes, but that's how boxing is sometimes. I don't want to see a class Marquez against a finished Morales.
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His fight this past weekend was terrible. He is miles past his best. He wouldn't have a chance against any elite fighter, especially Marquez. It's a shame they didn't fight in their primes, but that's how boxing is sometimes. I don't want to see a class Marquez against a finished Morales.

 

it's a strange one really because Marquez is 3 years older than Morales

 

and it isn't like the wars have made a difference because they've both been in some brutal fights

 

Marquez just seems to be handling the age better

 

like a fine wine!

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it's a strange one really because Marquez is 3 years older than Morales

 

and it isn't like the wars have made a difference because they've both been in some brutal fights

 

Marquez just seems to be handling the age better

 

like a fine wine!

 

Some guys peak late. Like Hopkins, Calzaghe and Marquez.

 

I think also Marquez had an easier start to his career. If i remember right it took him 10 years to become a World champion but took Barrera and Morales around 4 or 5 years.

 

Also, Barrera and Morales (especially the latter) were all out warriors. There was no real gameplan with Morales except to go to war. Hence why he was pretty much burnt out in his late 20s.

 

Marquez has had some wars also but he enters each fight with a gameplan and tries to win without necessarily having to get into a brawl.

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I'm not convinced that Marquez is all that much ahead.

He's definitely past his peak, and you can't really judge him on a fight vs Katsidis, who is one-dimensional, and consistently fails at the very top level.

While Morales is most DEFINITELY past his best, he is still fortunate enough to possess a bit of power to trouble many fighters.

He's out of shape, and there is still a lingering question about his punch resistance, but I'd still be interested in seeing this fight.

Marquez will be a heavy favourite, while Morales will just be "heavy" :P

Still a chance of the upset, short though it may be, and I like both fighters so would still tune in.

It would be like if Hatton came back now. He'd be favoured to lose against most World Level guys, but you still don't know with 100% certainty how he'd fare until it happened.

It's no shame to lose to Pacquiao, and he dropped close decisions to Raheem and Barrera, which again is no shame.

He was robbed against Diaz. He's only been dominated by Pacquiao, who could do the same to every fighter around the weight.

It may just be nostalgia, but I wouldn't totally write him off.

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he'd have an easier task at 140 titles are freeing up, IBF for example

 

I don't think he could make 140 lbs any more...

He's a bit of a chunky monkey nowadays! mlol/

 

I think he was referring to Morales, who scaled 139 and a half for his last fight :)

 

Aah, so was I!

Never realised he scaled in below the 140 lbs mark..still picturing him vs Limond where he weighed 152 lbs on fight-night...!

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I don't think he deserves the title shot but money talks. People will naturally pay to watch it. Unfortunately he'll also get spanked. JMM has only really been exposed by the much bigger Mayweather.

 

Brooklyn, as you say Morales was pretty much robbed against Diaz. But that has to tell you something, he was in the position to be robbed by Diaz.. That shows you just how much he has slipped - he'd have been out of the ring and sipping tequila in the bar after six rounds if he'd fought Diaz four years earlier.

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Is Morales/Marquez justifiable? Yes given that Floyd and Manny have at-times chosen a marquee name over an obvious challenge. Juan Manuel Marquez has very much earned the right to look for the best possible available paydays outside of a Pacquiao rubber match. He is a second-tier star in a very real sense, and there is an undeniable poetic congruency to seeing these two celebrated Mexican warriors clash. Should it happen, Marquez becomes an undeniable bridge in boxing history - and the pay won't be bad either.
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